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Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

Walking in the Rain, Image by Raheel Shakeel from Pixabay

Walking in the Rain, Image by Raheel Shakeel from Pixabay

Welcome Rain

As I am sure almost everyone is aware Australia has been burning for weeks, with many fires burning out of control. Many thousands of hectares of land, hundreds of homes, human lives, and almost a billion animals have perished.

Where I live in Queensland we have suffered drought conditions for the best part of the last year with no significant rainfall. However, today it seems the drought may have finally broken with a downpour of 94 millimetres (3.7 inches approx.)

At the time of writing, rain is also falling in a number of areas (Southern states) where fires have still been burning. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the wet change we have been praying for and will finally extinguish the unrelenting fires.

Because it is raining here, I felt compelled to write some poetry praising the rain and welcoming more of it.

Pluviophile: a lover of rain

Pluviophile: a lover of rain

Praying for Storm Clouds

Rain is beating on the roof,

There's no more soothing sound.

This country's suffered months of drought

And fires have blazed all around.


Let's hope this answers all our prayers

For days of soaking rain,

To douse the fires and quench the land

So recovery can begin.


Fill all the waterways and dams,

Save livestock still alive,

Help nature to regenerate

And once again to thrive.


Some find rain depressing,

They prefer bright sunny days,

But, in the driest continent

It's for storm clouds that we pray.


So, send her down and don't let up,

We'll even welcome floods.

They breed 'em tough in Aussie land,

Overcoming's in our blood.


Have You Seen the Rain? ~ Haiku

1.

Have you seen the rain?

It's been missing for some time.

Tell it to come home.


2.

Sunshine is vital,

All life needs it to survive.

Rain is luxury.


3.

Hail to the summer.

Celebrate the sun and rain.

Rain on my parade.


4.

Let the rain pour down

On this dry but sacred ground.

Life can thrive once more.


5.

Fire is powerful

But like rock, paper, scissors,

Rain can defeat it.


6.

Let's do a rain dance.

No more need for smoke signals.

War drums on the roof.


7.

Let the rain teem down

Saturating the dry ground.

Bring back all the green.

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2020:

Thank you for reading my poetry Bushra on behalf of all fire-effected Australians, thank you for your prayers.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on January 31, 2020:

Excellent poems. I enjoyed reading them. Australia is in our prayers, too - in our Friday sermon from, I think it was three weeks ago, we were asked to pray for Australia.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2020:

Thank you for the prayers, Audrey. We have had some rain but need more.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 30, 2020:

It's about time for the heaven's to open and release rain in your area. The ongoing devastation in Australia just breaks my heart. Thank you for your poetic pieces and sending prayers of healing to your country.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 26, 2020:

Thank you Genna. Just when we thought the worst was over, a new fire became out of control near our Capital, Canberra. A water tanker aircraft crashed while fighting the fire. Sadly all three brave US crewmen were killed. Another tragedy.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 26, 2020:

Hi John...

It's been so alarming to read the news about the ongoing fires in Australia. I'm happy to hear that the rains have come -- and pray that this is the beginning of the end of so much devastation. You are in our thoughts. As you wrote so well in your poem, "They breed 'em tough in Aussie land," They sure do! :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2020:

Thank you for your kind sentiments Shannon. Yes, the loss of life and property from the fires was devastating. Hopefully we can all learn from this so future occurrences are not so tragic and severe. I think the healing process has started.

Shannon Henry from Texas on January 22, 2020:

These are beautiful poetry pieces, John. Fire is such a devastating force of nature. So sad to think of nature lost to it...the animals, the plant life, people and homes....But your poetry is uplifting and is the perfect find for the wet, drizzly day we are having here. I hope your country can begin healing now.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2020:

Good to see you again Ann. Oh, yes I am sure it was a terrible sight to see the state of areas you had recently visited, after the devastation of the fires. Nothing can bring back the dead and there are fears that some species may have been made extinct as a result. Still, the rain was a blessing to put an end to it all and let restoration begin. Thanks for your kind words and glad you liked the first image.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 22, 2020:

Love the poem and the haikus. You must be so pleased to get some rain. I feel sad every time I see footage of places I visited last February and they look so different. I hope much can be regenerated but the people and animals who suffered or died are of course irreplaceable.

That first image is stunning! It evokes the blurred edges of everything in the rain.

Your poetry is going up the scale each time I read.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2020:

Haha, thank you MsDora. The rain dance seemed to work. I too am a pluviophile, I just didn't know the term before,

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 20, 2020:

The rain dance sounds like a great idea. Thanks for introducing me to another word I can use to describe me: pluviophile. I love rain and I love your poetry about it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2020:

Yes, Li-Jen, Australia can be a tough place to live at times but it can also be one of the most wonderful as well. From what I have heard most fires are now out and the recovery continues. However now some places are experiencing flood.

I agree that I need to use this platform to experiment with a wider variety of poetic structures. Apart from haiku, limerick and sonnet (and a few Elijah threw at me) I haven’t really done that. Thank you for the suggestion.

Li-Jen Hew on January 18, 2020:

Hi Jodah. It must be awful and tough to live in Australia, with the knowledge that the forests are burning. Hope more rain comes to put out the fires! Glad to see writing in Haiku style, since it brings out the beauty of simplicity. Would like to see you attempting different poem structures to see you enjoy the challenge. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2020:

Thank you for your thoughts and wishes, ps. Your angels are always appreciated.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 18, 2020:

O I hope the welcome rain continues. My heart is breaking as I read of the horror of the fires. Stay safe. Many good thoughts and Angels are headed to you and all in Australia. ps

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2020:

Hi Ashly, yes it did. Or so it seemed. We have had a tremendous amount of rain in the last two days. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2020:

Hello Elijah, welcome back online. I am not sure I can lay claim to bringing the rain but you never know. I was one of many praying for it and writing how much it was needed so maybe I played a small part in making the sky open up. Thank you sky.

Ashly Christen from Illinois on January 17, 2020:

Did the rains come after your prose?!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on January 17, 2020:

So at last you now have rain, John, thanks to you? Or were you praising the rain god for finally bringing some relief? Very well done, the sky gave you something to write about sao give the thanks to where it's due.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 17, 2020:

Thank you, Abdulrehman.

Abdulrehman from Pakistan on January 17, 2020:

Amazing

Liz Westwood from UK on January 17, 2020:

I really hope that you don't have to cope with floods after all the devastation caused by the fires.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Liz. Well this is our second day of rain and our back yard is becoming quite flooded. If this keeps up it won't be long before our town is cut off and isolated. I have been in the situation before when we went to visit family and couldn't return home for a week because of flooded roads so will have to wait and see what happens.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 16, 2020:

Lovely poetry to celebrate great news. I hope you don"t end up at the other extreme now, with heavy rain falling on dry ground and causing floods. I hadn't realised how long the drought had lasted. So pleased to hear that you have relief at last.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Hello Linda. Yes, it is storming again as we speak, and from reports, I read 35 fires have been extinguished by rain so far. Hopefully, that number keeps increasing. Flooding is already occurring in some areas though. I am glad you enjoyed that poem.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 16, 2020:

I'm so glad the rain has come. I hope it's very helpful for humans and nature and that it doesn't cause new problems. I love your "Praying for Storm Clouds" poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Hi Brenda, yes, it is quite a relief but we still need more rain in many parts. Hopefully, there isn't too much flash flooding. Steady soaking rain is better.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

thank you for the well wishes, Chris. We do sometime experience extremes here and come to think of that as normal...fire and drought or cyclones and flood. Yes, I would hope it "moderates." Let's just see what happens now.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 16, 2020:

John,

So glad to hear your little corner of the world is finally getting much needed rain.

Let's hope it doesn't go from one extreme to another.

Glad you are safe from harm.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 16, 2020:

John, It is good to hear about the rain. I do hope it continues for several days and then normalizes...whatever normal means. Maybe "moderates" is a better word. It will be interesting to watch the recovery if adequate rain continues to fall. It may be a whole new Australia.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

It has been a long and tragic wait Peggy. Let’s pray now for the recovery.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

You echo my thoughts, Ruby. Thank you for your constant support and encouragement.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

It is such a relief, Shauna, though it isn’t over yet. Once the fires are all out the massive recovery effort starts. But, it is the start and we are overcomes. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Devika, yes lets hope it is coming to an end and we can start the recovery.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Linda. Glad you enjoyed the haiku. I suppose if we lived somewhere where it rained constantly we would complain too. But, right now we need as much as we can get.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Chitrangada, thank you for your kind words. It was just a matter of time until we got rain....but just how much time was unbelievable. Let’s pray the rain continues and spreads.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 16, 2020:

I am so pleased to read this. The photos of the fires and destruction in Australia have been horrific! Let's all pray that the rains continue to quench those fires and finally moisten the earth once again.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 16, 2020:

As always this is beautiful and so timely. Thank God for the rain. The lives, the animals and the homes lost will never be forgotten.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 16, 2020:

John, thank God you finally got some rain! I hope it continues until the earth can absorb no more.

Your poems are from the heart and it shows. My favorite haiku are numbers four and five.

Now go out and lift your face to the rain. Let it wash away all your stress.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 16, 2020:

Great emotions from this Haiku.

Thank heavens for the rain I have followed through until now glad its calming down there.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 16, 2020:

John, I live in a corner of the world which is famous for "it always rains here." (Actually, that's not true, but Washingtonians perpetuate the myth to keep outsiders from settling here).

I do love the rain and pray that this is now the end of the terrible climate you have had to endure. I love the haiku.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Beautiful poems and brings out your true emotions, and in fact the emotions of all those who were suffering since such a long time, due to the bushfires.

The whole World was concerned and praying for Australia and thank God for the rains. I wish and pray that things normalise soon.

Thanks for sharing this beautifully expressed hub.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Lorna, you have spent time in Australia so you know what it is like. Melbourne has very diverse weather and is sometimes said to experience “four seasons in one day.” The air quality has been so bad this last week that anyone with asthma or other breathing problems has suffered. We will overcome.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. it was such a welcome relief to get so much rain here today. I just hope it is doing the same everywhere it is needed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Becky, it sounds like you are in a similar situation in Arizona. Yes, wealso have some gun firefighters but these fires are like nothing ever experienced before. Let’s hope the rain does the job it is needed to do.

Lorna Lamon on January 16, 2020:

Wonderful poems John and just what Australia needs. I can remember after a hot summer in Melbourne standing outside in the rain and it being the best feeling in the world. Now that I live in the UK I would look mad if I did this, however, I still jump in puddles!!! I hope the rain lasts and NSW in particular can breathe again. I have always been impressed by how that Aussie spirit rallies round to help others. Yes they do 'breed em tough' and they are also brave and very special. Great poems.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 16, 2020:

I was so happy to hear Australia was finally getting some much needed rain. I enjoyed your poems and I understand why you wanted to write this lovely article.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you, Bill. I know you get your fair share of rain there, let’s just hope it continues here until all fires are out.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on January 16, 2020:

I live in southern Arizona, and we have fires here every summer. Not as severe as yours seems to be though. Just before I moved here 5 years ago, there was a really bad set of fires here, and it burned down to within a mile of where I live now. The mountains around us are forested and burn every summer, and the forest service is right on it. They have some Hotshot firefighters that are relentless in putting them out. We hear the planes dropping chemicals on the fires, to help them out.

I know you have some awesome firefighters there as well. I hope the rains spread enough to get all the fires out, and not so much that it floods everywhere.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 16, 2020:

It was on the news last night about the rain. Let's hope it continues all over your fine nation. You guys have paid your dues for sure. And your poetry fits in quite nicely in our neck of the woods.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you for your kind comment and concern, Dream On. Yes, lightning strikes have been the cause of some of the fires, and some places are now experiencing flooding. We are certainly a land of extremes. I will update everyone on the progress and hope all fires are out soon.

DREAM ON on January 16, 2020:

To feel the rain and listen to your words there is no better feeling. I heard that now even the rain is causing flooding and lightning strikes are causing more fires. I hope it's not true. I hope your family is safe. Please keep us updated on the progress. I will celebrate for you when the last fire is out. Mother nature is so powerful and unpredictable. All we can do is try to understand her. Appreciating her beauty and power. Thank you so much for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes Flourish. I hope it continues to rain.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Eric. Good to see you. On behalf of Australia, I thank you and your area including the San Diego Zoo for sending help during this disaster. many other countries have done the same. Thanks for the prayers and blessings.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 16, 2020:

Thank God for rain! Please let it continue.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 16, 2020:

Beautiful Haiku. Here in Southern California we are no strangers to the whims of nature with fire and drought.

I believe our area sent some firefighting capability your way and that our San Diego Zoo and affiliates have sent teams. Let the joyous tears of God save you and your land.

Bless you and yours John

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Yes, Cheryl. It certainly does. Let's hope.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Whonu, thank you for the prayers of support. hopefully, I can soon report that all fires have been extinguished. Then starts the recovery.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Thank you for your kind wishes for Australia, Rosina. Yes, the rain has really lifted my spirits.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 16, 2020:

Good evening, Marie. Thank you for your prayers and please keep them coming until we can confirm all fires are out. Yes, I too believe that trees cry when burning and that plants can communicate through their root systems. Glad you enjoyed the haiku and I do hope you decide to write some more poetry yourself. Good luck if you do an entire book.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on January 16, 2020:

Australia needs a downpour

whonunuwho from United States on January 16, 2020:

Jodah I hope for the best, my friend.Sending prayers that way. MANY BLESSINGS MY FRIEND. whonu

Rosina S Khan on January 16, 2020:

I am so happy for Australia that it's finally raining and bushfires will be wiped out, lessening the suffering and rejuvenating life again. The poems and the video at the end clearly show what mood you are in, John! Excellent hub.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on January 16, 2020:

Good morning, John (or whatever time of day you have)!

Prayers for Australia keep coming forth. My spiritual lessons have taught that one needs to keep praying when fire is out of control until the fire(s) are completely extinguished. Salamanders are the elementals associated with fire. One American Indian observation is that trees cry when they are burning. (I believe it; anything is possible, and now scientists are saying plants and trees communicate with one another through pheromones and the root systems.)

I love the haiku and am thinking about writing some poetry again, maybe a whole book.

Finally, I absolutely love Gene Kelly and the "Singin' in the Rain" song. I believe I had the video of the movie at one time,

Have a nice, wet day!